The Corner

Not So Super, Man

From a review of the new Superman flick, on the Libertas movie blog:

Our new Superman, incidentally, doesn’t even stand for “Truth, Justice & The American Way,” anymore. Playing Daily Planet editor Perry White, Frank Langella tells us that Superman stands for “Truth and Justice …” and leaves it at that. The Superman Returns press materials tell me that Superman now stands for “truth, justice and all that is good.” “All that is good” is apparently the phrase of choice when “The American Way” sounds too – what? Imperialistic? Jingoistic? Symptomatic of Bush-style militarism? I’m not sure, exactly. All I know is this ‘American Way’ stuff is now apparently too edgy and controversial for a Warner Brothers product shipped to Peru, Pakistan and Malaysia. Don’t want to offend anyone!

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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